Mr. Pichai Watcharawongpaiboon, Director of Conservation Area Management Office 3 (SorBor.3), Phetchaburi Branch, was notified of the presence of wild elephants in Huai Sat Yai sub-district, Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province on May 21 at 9:00 a.m.
These animals live outside the area and destroy many people’s homes. As a result, Mr. Wuttipong Srichuay, deputy chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park and Kaeng Krachan Wild Elephant Observation Center, inspected the first house, No. 134, Village No. 1, Baan Chalermkiat Pattana.
General Krit Phuangwalaisin, Hua Hin Sheriff, Chong Ang Suek troop, Huai Sat Yai sub-district administrative organization, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Thailand accompanied him.
Ms. Ratchadawan, or Big Phuengprasopphon, 31, was hit by a wild elephant in Huai Sat Yai sub-district, head first into the kitchen wall until it made a large hole, then used its trunk to dismantle the food. The elephant, fortunately, was tied to the kitchen counter and thus could not enter the house.
Mrs. Rachadawan said that this was the third time a wild elephant had destroyed the house. In fact, on the night of June 20, 64, an elephant used its head to dig the wall near the kitchen before collapsing. It then passes its trunk through the large hole in search of food. It takes about a month to repair the house’s walls so that they are in good condition. This gave the same elephant enough time to return and destroy the wall again and again in search of food. Fortunately, no one in the house was injured.
Following that, the staff did some landscaping to improve visibility so that the elephant could be seen as far as possible and safely driven back. They also repaired the house’s walls. Residents were told to keep their food closed so the elephant wouldn’t smell it. Despite all precautions, the elephant returned to destroy the house for the third time.
Subsequently, the officers inspected the house number 88, Moo 1, Huai Sat Yai Subdistrict, of Mr. Siridon Pimsa-ard, 30 years old, after being suspected to be the same wild elephant, demolishing a plaster wall in the whole house. Authorities examined the damaged property of both houses to take necessary measures.
Mr. Pichai stated that the wild elephant that destroyed people’s homes had been damaged.
Plai Boonchuay, a local elephant who prefers to live in the community, is allowing more officials to patrol in order to keep the wild elephants away from the community.
The damaged houses were repaired as before with the assistance of military sergeant Chong Angsuek, Huai Suat Yai Subdistrict Administrative Organization.